I finally canned those tomatoes. It took 4 pots, 5 spoons, 3 oven mitts, a colander, a knife and mason jars and lids. I peeled, I boiled, I sanitized. I stirred, I waited, I watched. And what did I get? 1.5 jars of tomatoes. A lousy 1.5 jars of tomatoes. And these are the smaller pint jars! Apparently, it takes pounds and pounds of tomatoes to fill just one jar.
I don't regret it. If I'd had some help during the peeling and cutting stages the process might have been fun. Anyway, when I twist open these jars sometime in January I'll remember how much work went into them. I'll have to look for a really special receipe--one that's worthy of my tomatoes.
As you know, Patrick and I grew lots of tomatoes this year. Some of the plants are 7 feet tall! So now I have to figure out what to do with them.
I've decided to try jarring them. According to the directions I found online, it isn't hard, just time consuming. I've been putting it off for a few days now, so I really should get to it before they go bad! I'm starting with the plum tomatoes, and then maybe I'll do some of the other types.
Today I had lunch with my friends TS and SP and their little ones. We got to talking about blogs--whether they're worth writing, how we've tried and failed in the past, etc. Anyway, TS and I decided to give it a go. So she should be starting one soon. I'm going to try to be better about it.
I recently discovered Google Reader, which keeps track of blogs I like reading. In the past I've bookmarked stuff I've liked, but then I forget to check back on them, or I do take the time to check in but there's nothing new posted. I totally love Reader! I especially like that I can star posts--have you ever tried to remember something that you read on a blog somewhere, and then you have to find the blog and then search for the post? No more! Just star it in Reader. So great.
I moved to Malden, MA in April of 2006. I'm trying to get to know my new community, so I'm involved in lots of volunteer efforts around town. Most of my free time is spent on knitting and gardening. And watching Netflixed episodes of Babylon 5.